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Monday, March 22, 2010

Double Falsehood

Modern science has helped unravel many art and literary mysteries, but the latest mystery to be unraveled was the result of good old sleuthing. The play, Double Falsehood, at one time attributed to William Shakespeare and then claimed to be a hoax, is now considered to be the real deal. Read the article from The Telegraph to learn the complex story of lost manuscripts, collaborations, and adaptations.

The literary sleuth who determined the play's authenticity, took ten years and compared word usage in Double Falsehood to usage in other of Shakespeare's plays. He's a prime example of stick-to-itiveness!

All those volumes of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [822.33 SHA], which have graced library shelves for years and years, are now "incomplete." Who woulda thunk it?

For some fictional Shakespearean "mysteries," look for these books:

Blackwood, Gary. The Shakespeare Stealer [YA BLA]
A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script of "Hamlet," but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.

Broach, Elise. Shakespeare's Secret. [J BRO]
Named after a character in a Shakespeare play, misfit sixth-grader Hero becomes interested in exploring this unusual connection because of a valuable diamond supposedly hidden in her new house, an intriguing neighbor, and the unexpected attention of the most popular boy in school.

Carrell, Jennifer Lee. Interred With Their Bones. [F CAR]
A long-lost work of Shakespeare, newly found.
A killer who stages the Bard's extravagant murders as flesh-and-blood realities.
A desperate race to find literary gold, and just to stay alive...
Gruber, Michael. The Book of Air and Shadows. [F GRU]
Moving between twenty-first-century America and seventeenth-century England, The Book of Air and Shadows is a modern thriller that brilliantly re-creates William Shakespeare's life at the turn of the seventeenth century and combines an ingenious and intricately layered plot with a devastating portrait of a contemporary man on the brink of self-discovery...or self-destruction.

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